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Roasted Kabocha Salad with Maple Spiced Pecans

Roasted Kabocha Salad with Maple Spiced Pecans

Naturopath Lauren Glucina
A rocket and roasted kabocha squash salad with maple spiced pecans, and a light olive oil, balsamic + maple dressing. Perfect Christmas salad.
4.80 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Salad
Cuisine Mediterranean, Plant-based
Servings 4 people
Calories 432 kcal


Maple Spiced Pecans

  • 2 cups pecans
  • 2 1/2 tablepsoons pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon powder
  • 1.5 teaspoons onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Roasted Kabocha Salad

  • 120 g rocket (arugula) or baby spinach
  • 1 medium fennel bulb
  • 1 large avocado
  • 1/2 small red onion
  • 1/3 cup pomegranate arils
  • 1/2 large kabocha squash (or butternut)


  • 3 tablepsoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice (about half a medium lemon)
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder


Maple Spiced Pecans

  • Add all ingredients to a bowl and toss to coat. Spread evenly over a tray lined with baking paper, and bake for 8 minutes at 180˚C, tossing frequently. 

Roasted Kabocha Salad

  • Cut the kabocha squash into half moons (10-12 slices), arrange on tray lined with baking paper, coat lightly in olive oil, and bake for 15-20 minutes at 180˚C.
  • Whisk the salad dressing together. Wash the rocket/spinach and spin dry. Slice the fennel bulb and red onion thin on a mandolin, and slice avocado. Toss together with rocket and salad dressing (you’ll only need about 3 tablespoons of the dressing). 
  • Sprinkle pomegranate tendrils over the top, add a good handful of maple spiced pecans, then arrange the kabocha slices over the top. Serve and enjoy!


  • You can substitute kabocha squash for pumpkin, butternut or other squash
  • Rocket/arugula can be substituted for mixed salad greens - whatever you have on hand
  • You won't need ALL the pecans - yay for left overs! Try not to eat them all at once!


Calories: 432kcal
Keyword Squash Salad
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